and other types of insects have been a source of artistic fascination for
centuries. With over 20,000 species in the world, butterflies alone can provide
the inspiring spark for an immense variety of works of art. The scientifically
minded can find detailed renderings of butterflies in all their natural glory.
Those with a more whimsical eye can find any number of fanciful portraits of
these graceful creatures. And those whose tastes run to geometric art and the
abstract will not be disappointed! Indeed, the unaltered wings of many species
of butterfly in real life resemble just such a work of art. In the hands of a
contemporary artist these patterns provide a fertile source of inspiration!